What’s Wrong With UGGs?
UGG boots are made of shearling, which is the skin and coat of a sheep or lamb who was shorn shortly before slaughter—the skin is tanned with the wool still on it.
In other words, UGG boots are literally made of sheep’s skin—and wearing them is just as cruel as wearing fur or any other animal’s skin. Sheep are subjected to immense cruelty just for a pair of boots.
In the wool and meat industries, before sheep are slaughtered for their skin or flesh, they’re forced to endure miserable lives: Lambs’ ears are hole-punched, their tails are chopped off, and the males are castrated—all usually without anesthetics or pain relievers.
Sheep are typically confined to crowded pens. And in the Australian wool industry, it’s considered normal for approximately 3 million young lambs to die every spring.
Not only are wool and sheepskin products cruelly made, they’re also bad for the environment. In New Zealand, methane emissions from enteric fermentation (burping and passing gas), mostly from sheep, make up more than 90% of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. Wool production also results in damaged land and polluted water.
Remember: Buying UGG boots or other wool products supports extreme cruelty to animals. If you want to keep your feet warm and snuggly, check out these cute animal skin–free boots instead.